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This Chicken Farm Footage Is Disturbing, But Not Unusual, Animal Rights Group Says 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An  undercover investigation at a farm  contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is that the cruelty is not new or even unusual, animal advocates say. Sick and deformed chickens languish in filthy, intensely crowded conditions and suffer kicking and being thrown by workers in a video released Wednesday by the nonprofit Mercy for Animals. The group says most of the footage comes from a contract farm in Lewisburg, Tennessee, where an MFA investigator worked undercover between March 26 and May 10. But the video also includes clips from other Mercy for Animals investigations over the past year. (A “contract farm” means that Tyson provides the farmer with chickens, feed, medication and technical advice, while the farmer provides labor and housing for the birds.) WARNING: The following video is disturbing. Some of the older clips feature illegal acts — like two farm owners clubbing and stabbing chickens at a facility in Dukedom, Tennessee. Tyson ...
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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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Seeds of Suicide 22.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Sia Gives 'Survivor' Finalist $100K For Being An Animal Rights Activist 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In one of the best moments in "Survivor" history, Sia showed up to the live finale, ran up to the stage and gifted a finalist with a couple thousand bucks. Why? Well, because he's an animal rights activist who showed his love of the planet during his time on the reality competition show.  Tai Trang, a 51-year-old gardener  currently living in San Francisco, was a fan-favorite on Season 32 of "Survivor." While filming the show in Cambodia, he confessed his adoration for all living things, saved a chicken from slaughter (for the entire game, despite the contestants being very hungry), and outwitted, outplayed and outlasted all but two contestants. Tai made it to the final three, but ultimately 24-year-old Michele Fitzgerald was crowned the Sole Survivor , with 29-year-old Aubry Bracco coming in second place.  During Tai's chat with host Jeff Probst onstage, a voice could be heard from the audience. Probst soon announced that it was, in fact, hitmaker Sia and that she had something to say. Then, the singer, ...
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PETA Gives Leather Shoppers A Grisly Surprise 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't appear to consider subtlety a virtue in its fight against animal products. In the graphic  PETA Asia video below , unsuspecting shoppers are shown browsing leather goods. But within every purse, glove and jacket is a grisly surprise. PETA produced the video by setting up a fake storefront called "The Leather Work" in a mall in Bangkok. The animal rights activists then affixed artificial skin and fake organs -- including beating hearts -- inside wallets, jackets, purses, belts and other leather goods. They also put fake blood inside gloves and shoes, allowing unsuspecting shoppers to try them on. Everything looks scarily real, and the shoppers were understandably horrified. The video is hard to watch, but PETA says drastic times in Southeast Asia call for drastic measures.   The cultivation of reptile skins can be especially gruesome and inhumane , according to PETA. In the past, the organization has alleged cruel slaughtering ...
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Rights Group Challenges Law that Punishes Animal Rights Activists as “Terrorists” 10.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the constitutionality of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) on behalf of two activists convicted as terrorists for freeing thousands of mink and foxes from fur farms.

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Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up 9.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
David Korten

Listen to the political candidates as they put forward their economic solutions. You will hear a well-established and rarely challenged narrative. “We must grow the economy to produce jobs so people will have the money to grow their consumption, which will grow more jobs…” Grow. Grow. Grow.

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Wide Awake in Oakland 4.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2010, I wrote a post on the eve of my first day at the Sierra Club that I called " Sleepless in San Francisco ." Six years went by in a flash, and now both I and the Sierra Club are starting a new chapter -- one you could call "Wide Awake in Oakland," which is the home of our new national headquarters. Crossing the San Francisco Bay to our new home after 124 years is a big move -- but it's one I feel great about. Although we had a long and eventful history in San Francisco, the Sierra Club has never been about any one place, and certainly not about any one city. Even in the 1890s, our members lived all over the Bay Area -- including Oakland -- and as far away as Southern California. When John Muir attended Club meetings, he took "the boat" from Oakland after riding on the train from his home in Martinez.  Muir spent some winters in San Francisco as a young man, but he lived for nature, wherever he found it. We think of him as rhapsodizing about mighty mountain ranges, but he also found time to admire ...
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Headlines for May 3, 2016 3.5.2016 Democracy Now!
Honduras: 4 Arrested in Murder of Environmentalist Berta Cáceres, Indiana Voters Head to Polls in Key Primary, Detroit Teachers Shut Down All But 3 Public Schools over Pay, Iraq: Car Bomb Kills 18 Shiite Pilgrims in Baghdad, White House Calls for Congress to Act as Puerto Rico Defaults on Debt Payment, U.S. Cruise Ship Reaches Cuba for 1st Time in 50 Years, U.S. Signs New Military Deal with Senegal as Part of Africa Expansion, Somali Refugee Sets Herself on Fire on Nauru, 2nd Such Incident in a Week, Israeli Military Orders Palestinian Journalist Detained Without Charge for 4 Months, Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Local Bans on Fracking, Greenpeace Calls for Halt to TTIP After Leaking Secret Trade Docs, Abortion Provider Files Complaint over Hospital's "Gag Order", DOJ Says South Dakota Holds Thousands in Group Homes Unncessarily, Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Vandalism, Freeing Mink, Ringling Bros. Circus Elephants Perform Final Show, Bob Fitch, Who Photographed Civil Rights, ...
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Justin Bieber Angers PETA By Posing With Chained Tiger At Dad's Engagement Party 3.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Another day, another Justin Bieber controversy.  This time, the pop star found himself in hot water with PETA, after he posted a photo of himself petting a Bengal tiger , chained to a leash, at his dad's engagement party. (Why a tiger was even at the party in the first place is beyond us.) A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 30, 2016 at 4:05pm PDT After seeing the photo, the animal rights organization quickly criticized the "Purpose" singer with a post on their website .  Part of their post reads: What Justin and other party guests probably don’t know is that Michael Hackenberger, the owner of that zoo, was recently charged with five counts of cruelty to animals because of PETA’s undercover footage , which shows him viciously whipping a young tiger during a “training” session and then bragging about it. Hackenberger has supplied tigers for films such as "Life of Pi" and "The Interview." Exotic animals used for entertainment are usually torn away from their mothers at a young age, ...
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Ringling Retiring Elephants Is Not Enough, Animal Advocates Say 30.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the highly publicized retirement is not enough. The last 11 elephants touring with "The Greatest Show on Earth" will leave behind their enormous studded tiaras and begin traveling on Monday to Ringling's 200-acre (80-hectare) Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida, said Stephen Payne, spokesman for the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment. Bonnie, Juliette and nine other female Asian elephants are retiring earlier than originally planned, reflecting shifting U.S. attitudes toward animal entertainment. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc <SEAS.N> is phasing out killer whale shows at its amusement parks, halting the breeding of orcas in captivity as of last month and replacing the extravaganzas with what it terms educational encounters by 2019. But the United States has a long way to go, say animal activist ...
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Remembering the Buffalo Soldiers 22.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
New highway designation will commemorate Yosemite’s first black rangers.
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The state vs. activists: How progressive movements are repressed for corporate profit 20.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
April 21, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Managing dissent and controlling the threat posed by progressive movements is a central task of the capitalist state. In addition to direct violence, various techniques of "manufacturing consent" are deployed to marginalize and repress social movements. What is ecoterrorism? According to John Sorenson it is the creation of the animal industrial complex in order to attack the animal rights movement and discredit its ...
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Manitoba's community-led development needs provincial support 12.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Manitoba's community-led development needs provincial support
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Animal Rights: "A Very Noble Cause" or Terrorism? The State Just Can't Decide 25.3.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This week, animal rights activist Tyler Lang received a sentence of time served for his role in freeing 2,000 mink from a fur farm in 2013. Amanda Schemkes, a member of Lang's support team, discusses the legal issues associated with criminalizing this type of direct action. Stories like this only get published because of reader support. Want to see more of them? Donate to Truthout today to ensure we have a future! On Tuesday, animal rights activist Tyler Lang received a sentence of time served for his role in freeing 2,000 mink from a fur farm and spray-painting "Liberation is Love" on the side of a barn in Morris, Illinois, in August 2013. The fur farm closed down as a result of the action. In 2014, Lang and his co-defendant Kevin Johnson were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for the mass animal release -- an act of protest that the pair's supporters refer to as a "mink liberation." On February 29, 2016, Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the ...
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TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison 22.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons, and people. At its heart lies the concept that human and non-human components of the natural world are inseparable. Additionally, TEK links ecology to spirituality and cultural values. Tipi Waterton Lakes National Park A TEK worldview contrasts sharply with the command-and-control approach to the natural world Euro-American settlers brought to North America in the 1600s. In response to the wave of extinction they caused, in the late 1800s US and Canadian leaders created the North American Model of wildlife and forest management. This model was forged by Theodore Roosevelt, who thought nature needed to be conserved by man for our benefit and use, and Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the US Forest Service, who saw natural ...
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Who Can Help Nosey? 18.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A revised letter and excerpts previously sent to President Bill Clinton asking for assistance in getting this information in the right hands. Much has happened in these last 18 years... to the planet, to this nation, to all of us as a very disconnected culture, society and consciousness at the present time. But there are beautiful and dedicated people out there who have truly helped to raise our awareness as to the dire aches and injuries that exist all around us in all walks of life. This is a very challenging time for mankind, especially being so divided as we appear to be, having reached heights of separateness in so many ways and on so many issues, that the problems seem insurmountable and the resolve nowhere in sight. This has left many of us feeling vulnerable and with the thought that putting forth any effort for any cause would simply be futile. In all this unrest and during these troubling times I have personally turned to lending myself, whether it be my voice, my appearance or my involvement ...
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Who Can Help Nosey? 18.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A revised letter and excerpts previously sent to President Bill Clinton asking for assistance in getting this information in the right hands. Much has happened in these last 18 years... to the planet, to this nation, to all of us as a very disconnected culture, society and consciousness at the present time. But there are beautiful and dedicated people out there who have truly helped to raise our awareness as to the dire aches and injuries that exist all around us in all walks of life. This is a very challenging time for mankind, especially being so divided as we appear to be, having reached heights of separateness in so many ways and on so many issues, that the problems seem insurmountable and the resolve nowhere in sight. This has left many of us feeling vulnerable and with the thought that putting forth any effort for any cause would simply be futile. In all this unrest and during these troubling times I have personally turned to lending myself, whether it be my voice, my appearance or my involvement ...
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In 'Game Changing' Move, SeaWorld Finally Ends its Orca Breeding Program 17.3.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

In a decision that animal rights advocates hailed as a "game changer," SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby declared on Thursday that the amusement park will "end all orca breeding programs" in response to intense criticism from protesters.

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This Is How Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio Handle Their Protesters 15.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) watched silently as an animal rights protester stood on a chair and interrupted his stump speech at his second of five stops in Illinois on Monday.  "Thank you for expressing your free speech," Cruz said with a smirk as the crowd began to chant. "OK, I understand you're very, very concerned about the animals, that's wonderful," Cruz continued. "I also happen to care about human beings." As Secret Service agents escorted the woman out of the venue, Cruz commented on how peaceful the interruption was, drawing a clear contrast to the rallies of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, which have had a number of violent incidents  in the last week.  Trump's rally in Chicago was canceled on Friday amid fighting between supporters and protesters. Illinois holds its primary contest on Tuesday.  "Isn't it amazing how we can have that conversation without anyone getting violent?" Cruz said as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause.  The Texas senator faced another ...
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